Common problems with competition images Snowy lane Road leading straight to horizon- taking eye out of image. Mask "Someone else's artwork" Landscape Underexposed Darkfield shot Lens cap on? Cabin in snow Colour cast - should have checked colour balance and overexposed for whites. Trees and landscape No clear subject M42 Grainy, hand held long lens shot. Obscure title. (42nd item in Messier's catalogue of nebulae.) Waverley at Erskine Subject against light and part silhouetted Waverley GIMPed at Erskine Better? Worse? Don't overdo tweaking. The ship is a bit brighter, but the bridge isn't. Statue Overdone tweak. The statue looks floodlit. Aircraft window ice pattern Obscure subject. (Frost on an aircraft window. ) Stone arch Exposure burnout. All data lost in whites. Rowans Subject? It's colourful, but...? Shore Horizon not level. Men at work Background uninteresting. Foreground no better. Take off run See that floating thing at top left? The judge will - and his eye will be "inescapably drawn to it", like a two year old's. Titan crane Record shot. Anyone could take it. ie- not a competition image. Titan crane with person Unique record shot- still not a competition image, unless the theme is "Decline of shipbuilding on the Clyde". Painting of Auld Reekie Blurred photo of someone else's artwork, badly cropped frame. Border Keep Convergent verticals. For some reason, this upsets judges. Convergent horizontals don't. It's a mystery. Boy on rock Not sharp.